Santa Cruz Events

Santa Cruz County has great events all year long, and we'll keep you up to date on the best events, right here.


Santa Cruz knows how to celebrate holidays, as is evidenced by the massive influx of visitors with each major holiday. HIghlights include 4th of July in Santa Cruz, Halloween, and the Christmas holidays.

Recurring Events

Santa Cruz is home to some great recurring events. The First Friday of each month is an art lover's dream, while bargain hunters love the Santa Cruz Antique Faire, held the first Sunday of each month.
During the summer months you can enjoy weekly outdoor events like the Wednesday night Movies on the Beach, Thursday night Beach Parties at the Crow's Nest, Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Sunday Art & Music in Capitola, and many more.

Annual Events

Over the years Santa Cruz, Capitola, and the surrounding communities have developed some amazing annual events. Summer is the unofficial event season, but you can find great events year round.
Favorites include Woodies on the Wharf, the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show, the Wharf to Wharf Race, the newly added Pleasure Point Street Fair, Begonia Festival, Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Restaurant Week, the Santa Cruz County Fair, the Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Santa Cruz Greek Festival, and Santa Cruz TEDx. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 13th – 15th, 2017

Santa Cruz wharf and roundabout

Attention all of you weekend enthusiasts, we have a full line-up just for you. Check out the Open Studios tour in the south county for your art viewing pleasure. While you’re there, make a stop by a special State Historic Park for an open house. Are you looking for something different with a twist? View a cemetery architecture photo display or learn how to read the Tarot Cards.

There’s also plenty of food, wine, beer and music to set the perfect relaxing fall weekend mood.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 6th – 8th, 2017

Kids at beach in santa cruz

This is the weekend that art fans wait for all year. It’s also a weekend packed with an incredible variety of fun events.

You can choose from Open Studios or Open Streets (or better yet, go to both!), enjoy fireworks, watch a busy downtown street transform into an all-ages playground, and welcome back our beloved monarchs.

Event planners also seem to be betting big that people will be really hungry this weekend as there are some epic food and beverage related events to choose from.

Oh, and it’s First Friday…and we’ve barely scratched the surface.

See the full lineup below, and have a great weekend!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Sep. 29th – Oct. 1st, 2017

West Cliff Sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The leaves are starting to change color and pumpkins are on display once again as a warm fall weekend is approaching quickly. Soak in the sunshine and fresh air with several fall festivals, a celebration in California’s first state park and even a gathering of food trucks with a theme from a galaxy far, far away.

From Arabic poetry to an event about vanilla, this weekend has it all.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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